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Informed consent and medical malpractice

When a person enters the hospital in Maryland for a surgical procedure, a signed consent form is typically required before the surgery can proceed. This form highlights the risks associated with the procedure to be performed. In addition, doctors are required to inform patients of known potential risks. This is known as "informed consent." If complications occur and a patient was not informed of the risks grounds for a medical malpractice claim may exist.

Death after routine surgery could result in medical malpractice

Parents do not expect to their sons or daughters to die before them. The norm is that parents raise children to adulthood and hopefully live to see the birth of the next generation. Wartime is an exception as sons and daughters go off to fight and sometimes die in battle. But a parent does not expect one serving in the military to die as a result of a fairly routine surgery. Such a situation occurred on a Maryland naval base and has led to a possible medical malpractice lawsuit.

Failure to deliver emergency care can be medical malpractice

Bringing a child into the world is often anticipated with great joy in Maryland. A woman in labor in another state experienced complications that resulted in her child being born with severe brain damage. The mother filed a medical malpractice lawsuit against the hospital where her child was born.

A football player, a team doctor and medical malpractice

Professional athletes in Maryland and elsewhere rely on their health and ability to allow them to perform in their sports at peak competitive levels. Team doctors are employed by the organizations to help protect the athletes and recommend treatment for them in the event of injury or illness. A professional football player is claiming that team medical professionals failed to live up to that commitment, and it may result in a medical malpractice case.

Medical malpractice can result in tragic outcome

Urgent care facilities in Maryland have been hailed as a benefit to the health care system as they can typically handle non-critical cases more quickly than an emergency room. If a patient is too ill to be treated at the urgent care facility, he or she is typically referred to the nearest hospital. In one case in another state, this referral was not made, and the result was a medical malpractice lawsuit against the facility.

Maryland woman's medical malpractice verdict "largest in history"

Reports indicate that a recent medical malpractice award considerably outstrips what a Maryland woman initially sought for a 2014 birth injury that allegedly caused her daughter to develop a debilitating chronic condition. Reduced from $229 million by a state malpractice cap, the $205 million judgment is nevertheless the largest in U.S. history, according to attorneys. The court approved the award in July, and a judge in Baltimore recently upheld it. 

Primary causes of prescription drug mistakes

Upon hearing the term "medical error" or "medical malpractice", many people's minds think about things like an instrument being left inside a patient's body after a surgery or not having a serious condition properly diagnosed. These are some examples of errors that can result in harm or even death to patients in Maryland but there are many other types as well. Several people may experience problems relating to medications that they are prescribed by doctors.

The importance of a second medical opinion

Many people in Maryland seek care from doctors and other medical professionals every day. Sadly, there are many times when a person does not feel that they have been adequately heard by their providers and they continue to experience symptoms and problems that go undiagnosed and untreated. In other situations, people may be told they have a serious illness that requires extensive and even invasive treatments.

Analyzing the average length of a doctor visit

Like most in Bowie, you rarely look forward to seeing the doctor. Yet whenever you do see a physician, you should reasonably expect that you have their full and undivided attention. Many have come to us here at Reinstein Glackin & Herriot LLC after having experienced a misdiagnosis or other medical error believing that based off the time of their visits, they were not afforded that benefit. 

Silence in exchange for $6M malpractice settlement

People in Maryland who are interested in finding ways to protect themselves against medical errors may often find it useful and interesting to track the outcomes of medical malpractice claims or lawsuits. In some situations, plaintiffs end up signing away their right to disclose many or even any details in exchange for the receipt of a financial settlement. The silence, however, can speak volumes at times. It may be assumed that defendants would rather pay out money than have information disclosed.

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